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Och Aye, Janet,
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This review is from: Dr Finlay's Casebook: The Complete BBC Series 1 [DVD] (DVD)
What a wonderful trip down memory lane this is, and yet another example that, although technical standards may have improved beyond measure over the years, the quality of writing (by A. J. Cronin), strong story lines and characterisations from these long-gone days are hard to equal, let alone better.
The interaction between Doctors Finlay and Cameron and housekeeper Janet at Arden House in Tannochbrae are beautifully studied (all by fine actors). Not to mention Doctor Snoddie and Mistress Niven. The story lines are engrossing and there are many well known (albeit much younger) faces playing character parts. A very young Jane Asher, Patrick Troughton (pre Doctor Who!), Alfred Marks, James Beck (Dad's Army's Private Walker), Frazer Hines (Doctor Who, Emmerdale); the list goes on.
The picture quality is in fact surprisingly good, being a telecine film recording of the original black and white 405-line TV picture.
And, of course, there's the famous theme tune, immediately recognisable to those of a certain age, composer Trevor Duncan's March from 'A Little Suite'.
I was left wanting more, so I certainly hope they release any other episodes which remain in the BBC archives, although sadly many have been wiped.
My late father used to call it 'Dr. Finlay's Book Case'!
Highly recommended. Buy it and you won't be disappointed.